To the ancients, the goddess Hekate symbolized the inner journey back to the soul.
Indeed, ancient philosophers identified her as Anima Mundi, the "soul of the world." As such, she connects many archetypes associated with the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. From her role as protector of roadways to her power as the bringer of death, she offers us keys for healing.
Crafting talismans, candle magic, collaborating with avian companions, and connecting to stone spirits—as a means to pass through the three “main gates” in Hekate’s cave—the release of burdens, the retrieval of soul fragments, and the rebirth of the soul.
Dream, spirits, and rituals offer the keys of healing through connecting to Hekate and her deeper world, offering truth and transcendence. To enter Hekate's Cave with intention and purpose: to heal the shadow and find our wholeness.
Becoming unburdened of the past, negative self talk, and other shadow symptoms through exercises, natural magick, and ritual.
Calling back missing pieces of ourselves through exploring our dreams, relationships, and a Soul Retrieval Journey.
Emerging from our time in Hekate's Cave, wholly our authentic selves, empowered and sacred, through practices and the Rebirth Ritual.
In this special edition recording, the amazing Carmen Spagnola, host of The Numinous Podcast, interviewed me about my book, Entering Hekate's Cave, which provides the reader with trauma-sensitive and spiritually-oriented healing practices rooted in the symbolism of Hekate's Cave and some of her many attributes.
Embark on the journey through darkness to wholeness in Entering Hekate's Cave with this meditative experience, connecting to The Sacred Flame and receiving a guiding symbol. Entering Hekate's Cave is available wherever books are sold.
“With Entering Hekate's Cave, Dr. Brannen has firmly placed herself among the great psychospiritual researchers and teachers of our time — this book can rest proudly on the shelf alongside titles by Jean Shinoda Bolen, Marion Woodman, and James Hillman. With this work, she secures her place, and Hekate's, among the best resources for trauma-sensitive and spiritually oriented healing for our times.” —Carmen Spagnola, RCH, author of The Spirited Kitchen, somatic trauma recovery practitioner, and founder of The Numinous Network and The Numinous Podcast
“Entering Hekate's Cave by Cyndi Brannen is the book on shadow work I wish I had years ago. Brannen seamlessly blends the craft of a witch with the therapeutic goals of cocreating healthy mental spaces. I loved seeing how she aligns the benefits of crystals with the tougher parts of that internal journey. I will be coming back to this book for years to come.” —Amy Blackthorn, priestess of Hekate and author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Wellness
"Cyndi Brannen's best book yet, Entering Hekate's Cave blends the practical and psychological with the transcendent and magickal to help you journey to the deepest part of the psyche and truly know thyself. With rising interest in shadow work, this is just the book we need—timely, sensitive, well researched, and rooted in lived experience." —Nicholas Pearson, author of Crystal Basics and Stones of the Goddess
"Excellent book! I highly recommend this to those looking to traverse the underworld and interested in soul retrieval and rebirth with Hecate as your Guide. This book carries threads of magic and is a torch to those looking to find their way, plus the author has done their research. I would tell anyone who is at a crossroads in their life, looking for transformation, needing to call parts back to themself, or has a desire to know Hecate on a deeper level to pick up this book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐" - Amazon Review
"I am a deeply devoted practitioner to Hekate herself, and this book was so wonderful in helping me connect with her during a very trying time in my life. It was the perfect book for me at this time, and helped me to heal on a very deep level with a loving spiritual presence. I would definitely recommend this book to practitioners who are more familiar with Hecate rather than beginners, but it is still a wonderfully written and helpful book. Amazing work." - Amazon Review